Sony today announced the new SRS-NS7 wireless neckband speaker, the latest addition to its wearable speaker lineup, and the WLA-NS7 wireless transmitter.
The Sony SRS-NS7, which resembles a travel pillow, provides an immersive home theatre experience. When paired with the supplied wireless transmitter, customers can experience tailored sound for a new listening method.
It is touted as the world’s first wireless neckband speaker that delivers Dolby Atmos paired with Sony’s BRAVIA XR television models. In addition, the SRS-NS7 offers Sony’s unique 360 Spatial Sound, which provides an immersive cinematic experience with the 360 Spatial Sound Personalizer app. Paired via Bluetooth with the supplied wireless transmitter connected to a BRAVIA XR TV via optical audio and USB, the 360 Spatial Sound Personalizer app can take a photo of the user’s ear and analyze their hearing characteristics by estimating the ear’s 3D shape. The setup creates the ideal arrangement of virtual Dolby Atmos speakers around the user.
The SRS-NS7 delivers its acoustics and sound pressure via an X-Balanced Speaker Unit for the mid to high frequencies and a passive radiator for the low frequencies.
The neckband speaker can also be paired to a smartphone and supports 360 Reality Audio from streaming services such as Spotify and Tidal. One can also pair it with a laptop or tablet to expand the listening experience when watching content on either.
Bluetooth wise, the SRS-NS7 supports up to Bluetooth 5.0 and AAC, LDAC and SBC Bluetooth codecs.
The SRS-NS7 is also great for working from home with easy hands-free calling enhanced with optimal microphone placement. It also features Multipoint Connection, first introduced on the WH-1000XM4, enabling one to connect two devices simultaneously. Furthermore, the headphones detect which device is ringing and automatically connect to the ringing device when receiving a call.
Rated at IPX4, the neckband speaker is splash-proof, allowing users to enjoy one’s favourite shows and tunes anywhere, even while dipping in the bathtub.
According to Sony, the SRS-NS7 has a battery life of up to 12 hours per charge (up to five hours at maximum volume), whilst a 10-minute fast charging will yield up to 60 minutes of playback time.
The Sony SRS-NS7 will be available in Singapore later this year. Elsewhere, the headphone available for pre-order in the US at USD 299.99 and will be approximately priced at EUR 299 / GBP 270 respectively in Europe and the UK.
The WLA-NS7 wireless transmitter is also sold separately, allowing one to enjoy the same cinematic audio when using select Sony headphones, and will be available in Singapore later this year. Elsewhere, the headphone available for pre-order in the US at USD 59.99 and will be approximately priced at EUR 60 / GBP 50 respectively in Europe and the UK.